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Interesting story, but plodding and a little cold,
This review is from: Fall from Grace: A Novel (Hardcover)
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I went into this book expecting one of the best contemporary fiction authors to provide me with a fast-moving page turner. Unfortunately, those pages turned very slowly for almost two-thirds of the book when Patterson seemed to finally decide to add excitement to the story.
The tale is not a new one, that of an exiled son returning home after the death of a parent. In this case, the lead character is a CIA operative who upon arriving home is drawn into the mystery surrounding his father's death. We follow him in his efforts to solve the mystery, while also piecing together events from his own past and how they relate to who he has become.
While the resolution is satisfying and not completely predictable, I found that the first half moved slowly without reason. We don't really see a lot of character development (very little about our hero's "work" role, for example), and I felt the flow of the book just wasn't what I expect. Perhaps I have my expectations too high based on some of the excellent works he's written in the past, but this was overall a bit of a disappointment. There are certainly far worse efforts out there, but this won't rank with Patterson's best.
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Initial post: Feb 10, 2012 7:57:50 AM PST
Michael A. Newman says:
I just completed my review and had the exact same feelings as you had about this book. I too was let down and was almost tempted to drop it. At the midway point it did get interesting to the point of being bearable. I have a feeling that this tale is more along the lines of a soap opera then a real mystery, the author was not capable of giving us more detail of Adam's work. That would take someone more geared toward writing thrillers.
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2012 7:49:39 AM PST
Hey Michael, I think that's a very good point about Patterson not providing detail about Adam's CIA work. I kept expecting to learn more in this area, but it just never happened. Your explanation as to why makes complete sense.
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2012 11:11:11 AM PST
Michael A. Newman says:
Thanks Craig. Maybe Patterson will prove us both wrong and have Adam in a sequel where his CIA work is the focal point.
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